The Vodacom Bulls welcome back Lood de Jager and RG Snyman into the starting match day squad for another bruising derby against the Cell C Sharks in Round 9 of Vodacom Super Rugby.
The men from Pretoria are rested after their second bye but will face a Cell C Sharks team that are hurting after losing at the death against the Hurricanes last weekend.
The visitors have history behind them though as they have won 15 and drawn two of their previous Vodacom Super Rugby matches against the Durbanites. The Cell C Sharks have a better points average overall pipping their opponents 21-20.
Effective competing at the breakdown and a destructive lineout allowed the Vodacom Bulls front forward ball against the DHL Stormers and the same will be needed against a team that is on an upward trajectory under head coach Robert du Preez.
The Vodacom Bulls backs stay the same as the team look for their third win of the season and his continuity is vital in terms of player composure. The other change in the forwards sees Thembelani Bholi return to the side of the scrum. On the bench, Andre Warner slots in for Embrose Papier.
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This weekend also sees another huge milestone for former Bok and Vodacom Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss. When he runs onto the field in Durban he will earn his 150th Vodacom Super Rugby cap. After his hat-trick of tries against the DHL Stormers in his last game, maybe the Cell C Sharks should be a little worried.
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